Becky254: There are MANY triggers for seizures. Probably more for women than for men. Stress, lack of sleep, hormones, MSG, fluorescent lights, chemical smells, electromagnetic fields ( cell phones, cordless phones, nintendo, video games, TV, computers) allergies, red meat, lesions or scars on the brain, brain injuries, caffeine, and more.
When you go to the neuro they're going to do an EEG and an MRI to see what's going on in the brain. They might set you up with a 24 hr EEG pack to take home and wear so they can record the brain activity.
Be careful of the meds they put you on. Some of them have bad side-effects. I got a rash from dilantin. Make sure they don't put you on alot of them together. I know someone who was on 21 pills a day and she was a walking zombie. They make you tired because they're trying to slow the brain down.
I would see an endocrinologist and get your hormones tested. Your PCP and neuro won't do it because they think it's a waste of time and money and they just want to give you a pill and send you on your way.
Since you're 28 it is VERY possible that you could have hormone upsets going on. Some women can start perimenopause as early as 30. Be persistant with the doctor and tell them you want a hormone study done. I'll bet they'll refuse it and that's why I'm telling you to see an endocrinologist. I'm currently seeing a Neuro-endocrinologist. He deals with the neuro and the endo at the same time.
I know it's scary and it is definitely life changing. I can't drive anymore since I had my accident and I can't get my license back until I'm 6 mo. seizure free. Meds don't work for me. They don't work because it's hormonal!!!!! I told them 5 years ago it was hormones and they didn't believe me and now they do.
You want to make sure there's nothing else going on in your brain, like tumors, so you need the EEG and MRI to make sure of that.
See if you can have your neurotransmitters tested and get a toxic and non-toxic element test done to see if you're low on stuff like magnesium. It'll test for stuff in your body like lead. You might want to find out about taking Vit B6 and B12 which help with the nervous system as well. What were you doing when you had the seizure? Who was with you?
There are many types of seizures. Some are Grand Mal, petit mal, complex partial, simple partial, nocturnal and more. Some people just have them in their sleep. Do you grind your teeth when you're sleeping?
Stay in touch, gotta go now
Last edited by 92261; 08-01-2010 at 06:34 PM.